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Directories & Meta-Sites - a legal information website founded in 1995 by a group of independent law firms. Provides information on a wide variety of legal topics.

FindLaw - consumer information website sponsored by publisher Thomson Reuters, this site features brief articles and information on legal topics, lawyer directory, legal forms and more.

Internet Legal Research Group (ILRG) - a commercial website that provides information on a variety of legal topics including academia, career and research.

Legal Information Institute (LII) - comprehensive website and source for legal research sponsored by Cornell University Law School. This site contains US Code, all Federal Court Rules (bankruptcy, civil procedure, criminal procedures, evidence, appellate, etc.), links to state law and many more resources.

Library of Congress Guide to Law Online- an online guide maintained by the librarians of the Library of Congress. Browse by topic, find other legal guides, and find resources for international law.

Meta-Index for U.S. Legal Research - provided by a law firm based in Georgia (U.S.), this site allows users to search various other sites in one place, such as Supreme Court Opinions, Federal Circuit Opinions, U.S. Code, West's Legal Dictionary and more.

Official US Branch Executive Web Sites - organized by the Library of Congress, this page is a listing of executive branch websites, independent agencies and boards, commissions and committees.

Federal Law

Charters of Freedom- The U.S. National Archives website featuring digital archives of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the U. S. and Bill of Rights.

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) - this table of contents page lists each title from 1-50. There is a CFR Toolbox on the right side of the screen with a link to the eCFR and other links for related resources.

Congressional Record - the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. FDsys contains Congressional record volumes from 140 (1994) to the present. At the back of each daily issue is the "Daily Digest," which summarizes the day's floor and committee activities.
US Constitution - full and annotated text versions available on the LII, from Cornell University Law School.

Federal Judicial Center - education and research agency for the Federal Courts, this site contains research on federal court operations, procedures and court history.

Federal Register - the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.

PACER - an electronic public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information online from federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts, and the PACER Case Locator. this government website allows the public to voice their comments on proposed regulations and documents published by the federal government. This site also offers a searchable database of regulatory documents with public comments.

United States Code - a searchable database of the U.S. Code maintained by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the United States House of Representatives. Additional resources also available such as classification tables, popular name tool and guide to understanding the code. - formerly Thomas, the U.S. government's gateway to legislation, congressional record, committees, members and other federal legislative information.

Federal Resources

Free Court Dockets - a free site providing access to all federal district civil, criminal, and bankruptcy courts, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court, Federal Court of Claims, and the Court of International Trade.

US House of Representatives - the main gateway to the U. S. Government, including state governments.

Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents

White House

International Law

American Society of International Law(ALIL) - a non-profit, non-partisan, educational membership organization dedicated to promoting international relations through law and justice. Full-text articles and news briefs are available in the Topics section.

AustLII - an free website sponsored by University of Technology, Sydney and University of New South Wales, this site provides news on law and legislation in Australia.

Electronic Information System for International Law - "open database of authenticated primary and other materials across the breadth of international law."

GlobaLex - from the Hauser Global Law School Program, New York University School of Law, this comprehensive website provides legal research guidance on international, comparative and foreign law.

International Court of Justice - the principal judicial arm of the United Nations, find information about members, committees, history, registry, cases, documents, jurisdiction and more.

Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute - a partnership of the University of South Pacific Law School and AustLII, this site provides information and resources on the Pacific Islands - Samoa, Vanatau, Fiji Islands, Guam, Cook, Papua New Guinea, Solomon, Kiribati, Tonga and Tuvalu.

United Nations International Law - the gateway for information about international courts and tribunals, legal resources. The UN also maintains a Legal Research Guide and Legal Publications, many of which can be accessed and searched online.

Legal Citations

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation - written by Peter Martin,and follows the citation guidelines from the AWLD Citation Manual and The Blue Book of Legal Citations. This guide can be downloaded in PDF or browsed online. See the blog, Citing Legally for additional news on legal citation.

Reading Legal Citations - a guide to legal citations from Boston College Law Library.

Legal Research

BePress Legal Repository - a network of open access resources by more than 50 top law schools, including Berkeley Law and Duke Law. To date, the repository contains over 250,000 documents (abstracts, papers, briefs, reports and more).

Legal Scholarship Network - part of the Social Sciences Research Network, this repository makes available electronic journals and abstracts in various areas of law from hundreds of abstracts, articles, journals, publishers, and institutions that provide working papers for distribution through the network's e-library.

Reference Resources

Biographical Directory of US Congress - a searchable database by name, position, state or party; includes historical and current biographical summaries. - law dictionary searchable by term or definition.

FindLaw Legal Dictionary - find over 8260 legal terms by searching or browsing; includes a term of the day.

Zimmerman's Research Guide - developed by a law librarian, Andrew Zimmerman, this research guide is now hosted by LexisNexis; browse by topic or search by keyword.

State Law

Listing by Jurisdiction - indexed by LII sponsored by Cornell University Law School, provides a directory for each state's key legislative information, including homepage for the courts, legislature, and state codes (if available online).

National Center for State Courts - an independent organization that manages knowledge and information on state courts. Visitors can find news, updates and an elibrary.

National Conference of State Legislatures - a bipartisan organization providing information and tools for legislatures. This site offers research on the most recent legislative topics, including education, wages, and healthcare issues.

Court Locator - this page from the U. S. Courts website features a map and court locator by state, including links to all state court websites.

Supreme Court

Supreme Court Most Recent Decisions - maintained by the LII sponsored by Cornell University Law School, this page features Supreme Court decisions by date, most recent. Syllabus, opinion, concurrence and dissent(s) can be downloaded in PDF.

Oyez, U.S. Supreme Court Media - a project of the Chicago-Kent College of Law, this website collects information on Supreme Court cases and justices, as well as the latest news from the Court.

Supreme Court - the official website of the U.S. Supreme Court. On this site visitors can find rules of the Court, argument transcripts, opinions, docket schedule, merit briefs, bar admissions, case handling guides, orders and journals.